Before boarding the Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong on the first leg of the trip back from the 2017 Singapore Latin Dance Festival, I stopped in the Dnata Lounge in Terminal 1 at Changi Airport. Cathay Pacific uses this lounge for its first and business class passengers and OneWorld Emeralds. The Dnata Lounge is also open to those with a Priority Pass membership.
The strength of the Priority Pass lounge system is quantity not quality. There are over 900 lounges worldwide. The Dnata lounge in Terminal 1 at SIN breaks the mold of the typical Priority Pass lounge. It is one of the best Priority Pass Lounges I’ve ever visited.
Location and Hours
To get to the lounge, turn right after immigration. Take the escalator across from Gucci up one level. As far as hours, this lounge never closes.
Seating and Services
Once inside the lounge a bar and coffee station with baristas is directly ahead.
Immediately to the right is a small dining area.
Farther to the right of the entrance are the main seating areas.
The decor is extremely well done. The staff keeps the lounge immaculate. Notice that there are no dirty plates, cups or glasses and that no pillow is out of place.
Electrical outlets with a/c and usb connections are plentiful and conveniently placed. The seats are very comfortable.
Past the seating areas is a self-service bar and a work area.
A stand with newspapers and magazines is near the work table.
Buffet and Dining Area
To the left of the lounge entrance is the food area.
Next to the buffet is a larger dinning area.
The buffet was stocked with great food options.
I selected several of the offerings and took them back to my seat.
I wanted to try many of the offerings – purely in the interest of writing a review of course. The food was outstanding for a lounge buffet. As soon as I was finished with any item, an attendant was there to clear it away.
Near the buffet was an enclosed smoking and meeting room.
Bathrooms and Showers
Past the buffet are the bathrooms and showers. I didn’t shower but think the facilities looked more than adequate.
The Dnata Lounge had WiFi of course. Logging in was easy and the WiFi speed was good.
I was very impressed with the Dnata Lounge in Terminal 1 at SIN. The decor, cleanliness, and food in this lounge are comparable to a good international business class lounge – far better than an average Priority Pass lounge. In terms of food, beverages, and seating, this lounge is superior to American Express Centurion lounges in the US not to mention domestic lounges of US airlines. Now if Dnata could only add spa services or at least massage chairs.